FPTS Showcases

11 – 19 November, 14:30 & 19:30

Tickets £16

The From Page to Stage Showcases allow audiences to see four distinctively different pieces in one evening.

Two pieces are on-book excerpts from full productions in development. The other two pieces are complete mini-musicals in their own right.

Shows seen in each performance are:

21 Chump Street

21 Chump Street by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, Hamilton) is a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series ‘This American Life’. 21 Chump Street is a cautionary tale of a high school honours student who falls for a cute transfer girl. He goes to great lengths to oblige her request for marijuana in the hopes of winning her affection – only to find out that his crush is actually an undercover cop planted in the school to find drug dealers.

By Lin-Manuel Miranda

Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran (Little Women, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, She Loves Me – USA; currently Associate Director for Disney's Freaky Friday under Chris Ashley) with musical direction by Luke Di Somma (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot – New Zealand).

Cast includes Danny Black (Altar Boyz, Papermill Theatre - US; Hello My Baby, Goodspeed – US; Sister Act, Troika – US) as the Narrator, Jordan Castle (Merrily We Roll Along, Twelve Angry Jurors, Beauty and the Beast, American Musical Theatre Academy) as Tevin, Jason Kajdi (West Side Story, Kilworth House; Gifted, Theatre 503; Crazy For You, Bird College) as Derek, Emma Kingston (In the Heights, Southwark Playhouse and Kings Cross Theatre; Les Miserables, Queens Theatre; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, UK Tour) as Naomi, Alessandro Lubrano (Irving Berlin’s Face The Music, All Star Productions; Bring It On – The Musical, PPA; Into the Woods, PPA) as Justin and Olly McCauley (Into the Woods, In The Heights, Guys and Dolls, Mountview) as Andrew.

Heart of Winter

Heart of Winter tells the funny, heart-warming and down-to-earth story of Kate, a primary school teacher in her mid-twenties, living up North. Her relationship of three years is over. With the help of her mum, her close friends and a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s, she battles the harsh reality of winter to find the new hope of spring…

Music and lyrics by Tim Connor, story and dramaturgy by Lia Buddle

Directed by Bronagh Lagan (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Chipping Norton/Greenwich Theatre; The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; the forthcoming Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse) with musical direction by Ben Ferguson (The Adding Machine, Finborough Theatre; Ragtime, Bishopsgate Institute; Company, Royal Academy of Music).

Cast includes Sarah Earnshaw (Spamalot, UK Tour; Jekyll and Hyde, UK Tour; Wicked, West End) as Kate.

The Toyboy Diaries

When twice-divorced Lily inadvertently falls under a much younger man, it opens the door to a wild new world of inappropriate relationships.

From Tom the Tender to Sam the Submissive, via Paul the Policeman, Hat Trick Patrick and Matt the Monstrous (with Old Willy and Philandering Phil in between) Lily finally finds Ben the Bountiful.

Based on Wendy Salisbury’s bestseller The ToyBoy Diaries and written by Simon Warne and Wendy Salisbury with music and lyrics by Andy Collyer, this comedy musical may contain nuts as it charts the hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking sagas of mid-life dating.

Disclaimer: No older men were harmed in the telling of the story . . .

Based on Wendy Salisbury’s THE TOYBOY DIARIES adapted for the stage by Simon Warne & Wendy Salisbury with music and lyrics by Andy Collyer

Directed by Bronagh Lagan (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Chipping Norton/Greenwich Theatre; The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; the forthcoming Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse) with musical direction by Tamara Saringer (Vanities, Trafalgar Studios; Savage, Arts Theatre; In Response, St. James Theatre).

Cast includes Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger, Southwark Playhouse; Stiles & Drewe’s 3 Little Pigs, International Tour; The Book of Mormon, Original West End cast) as Tom, Suanne Braun (Cougar the Musical, Coventry Belgrade; Cabaret, Bill Kenwright; Mamma Mia, Prince of Wales Theatre) as Lily, Martin Dickinson (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; We Will Rock You, Queen Theatrical; The Secret Garden, Aria Entertainment) as Matthew, Jackie Marks (Les Miserables, Queens Theatre; Evita, Adelphi Theatre; Oliver!, Cameron Mackintosh) as Penny and Nigel Richards (The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; Notre Dame de Paris, International Tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre) as Phillip.

Pollyanna

An uplifting tale of hope triumphing over adversity, Pollyanna is the story of a young girl who transforms an entire town. Pollyanna Whittier, an extraordinary eleven year old orphan, is sent to live with her stern Aunt Polly in the unhappy town of Beldingville, Vermont. Forbidden to speak of her parents in the presence of her aunt, Pollyanna plays the “Glad Game” to keep her spirits up. When tragedy strikes, even Aunt Polly must turn to the Glad Game to understand how much her outlook has changed since accepting Pollyanna into her life. Based on the classic American novel by Eleanor H. Porter.

By Steven Gallagher and Linda Barnett

Directed by Robert McQueen (Director of NoteWorthy, the New Works Development Project of Acting Up Stage Company in Toronto) with musical direction by Tamara Saringer (Vanities, Trafalgar Studios; Savage, Arts Theatre; In Response, St. James Theatre).

Cast includes Madalena Alberto (Cats, London Palladium; Evita, Dominion Theatre and UK Tour; Piaf, Leicester Curve) as Polly, Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger, Southwark Playhouse; Stiles & Drewe’s 3 Little Pigs, International Tour; The Book of Mormon, Original West End cast) as Frank Smith, Eva Crawford (Dick Whittington, Worcester; Into the Woods, Curtains, Laine Theatre Arts) as Nancy, Martin Dickinson (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; We Will Rock You, Queen Theatrical; The Secret Garden, Aria Entertainment) as John Pendleton, Caitlin Emilie Garcia (Gypsy, David Ian Productions; Giselle, English Youth Ballet; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bill Kenwright) as Pollyanna, Jackie Marks (Les Miserables, Queens Theatre; Evita, Adelphi Theatre; Oliver!, Cameron Mackintosh) as Mrs Snow and Nigel Richards (The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; Notre Dame de Paris, International Tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre) as William.

 

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